Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan− Increasing abduction incidents have been registered recently in several areas in Syria, especially in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Damascus.
Amid the current war conditions, abduction of activists and civilians represents the growing security vacuum across the country.
The rural areas registered the highest numbers of abduction cases, according to Syrian official reports. More than 1500 cases of kidnapping have been reported in Aleppo, which is the highest among other Syrian areas. In Homs 220 cases were registered, while Damascus 150, Deir ez-Zor 145, and Daraa 66.
Most of the cases take place when an armed group intends to blackmail its alleged enemies in the ongoing fight in the country.
In Aleppo surroundings, the majority of the cases occurred when the al-Qaeda affiliated fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) −which is in conflict with Syrian rebels− kidnapped civilians and members of rebel families as hostages. Other cases were reportedly financially incentivised, and in such cases the abductors carry out their operations and then request an amount of money to release the victims.
The Syrian authorities said that some “gangsters” established groups specialized with such operations to gain financial benefits through kidnapping people, accusing them to be affiliated with the anti-regime rebels. However, the opposition forces emphasized that many such groups arisen in Syria to make benefits by use of the name of the revolution and claimed to be rebels to distort the image of the anti-regime uprising.
Reporting by: Ehmed Herbi
Source: ARA News
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